Xbox One: Where are the new exclusive titles?

Xbox One exclusive titles

Last week saw the release of PlayStation 4’s Horizon Zero Dawn, yet another exclusive title locked to Sony’s console, adding to an already-growing list of brilliant games on the PS4. However, Xbox One has only seen a few exclusives launch over the last few years such as Halo Wars 2 most recently and titles such as Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 2. The most noticeable difference between the two consoles is that PlayStation 4 are pushing new franchises out completely, whereas Microsoft continue to feed off existing franchises like the Halo and Gears of War series. So why aren’t we getting more from the Xbox One?

In fact it seems like there is a deeper focus on pushing out dashboard updates which simply add a new button here and there and refinements to previous designs than there are new games coming out exclusively for the Xbox One. It’s fair to say the console suffered a lot from launch, what with its lack of 1080p natively running games and even now, we’re still seeing a lot of titles launch below this benchmark. Great games can still launch without spectacular performance, but when today’s standard is starting to exceed 1080p resolution now, you would expect most titles to be running at this with a decent frame rate as well.

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Plans for 2017

2017 New Year

First of all I would like to apologise, as I feel like I’ve neglected my blog towards the end of this year, which is such a shame. I love writing and sharing my thoughts with people on internet, so it frustrates me that I can’t keep weekly content coming up on my blog, partly because I work full time and haven’t got a working laptop currently to just sit downstairs and chill.

So the first thing I want to change is activity on here, whether that be more blog posts, features or game reviews. I aim to write at least one post every fortnight hopefully providing I can actually come up with the content ideas. One big change at the start of 2017 for me is going to be fibre optic broadband, so now I’ll have a streaming setup to work with, as I already have the consoles and PC to edit for videos and overlays. I’m really looking forward to getting more stuff up on my Twitch and YouTube. I spent quite a bit of time setting these pages up and designing the graphics to compliment, so it makes sense to use them now. You’ll probably thinking that everyone does streaming and video content now, but this is more for myself, as I’ve wanted to do it for years but never had the internet at both my parents and now my own place.

Another change I want to implement in 2017 is more work with other websites, people and companies to build my own reputation up. I already established a few relationships in the games industry, but I want to further add to that and build Complete Xbox even more in 2017. More exclusives and giveaways where I can achieve that.

If you have any suggestions on what to improve on in 2017, then please do let me know down in the comments below, as I’m happy to take on your feedback.

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Game sales: Are they worth it?

Steam Winter Sale

Today marks the launch of Steam’s Winter Sale, something Valve have become particularly known for in terms of game sales. Although, they regularly do weekly sales on select titles, the winter and summer sales offer some of the best deals usually. So there’s a lot of competition between titles and fetching a good price.

This year’s winter sale appears to have launched quite weak with titles like the Stalker franchise with 50% off. It also seems like a lot of titles are being repeated in each sale. At the end of the day, I guess it’s like an online retailer, they recycle sale items over and over again. Amazon do it regularly, putting the same product on sale a number of times throughout the year. They just have such a large catalogue of products to go through that you rarely probably actually see it for yourself.

I personally love the Steam Winter Sale, not just for the game choices and great prices, but also for the community and trading cards bought with it. You’ll probably see the Xbox and PlayStation Store come out with some festive deals soon too if they haven’t done so already.

I guess my main concern is are they actually offering us deals when you determine how old some of these titles are and the worth of them. I can definitely say for some of them they aren’t actually deals, for example I can see Fallout 4 listed on today’s at £39.99. That to me isn’t a deal at all, but just a way to get more people to buy the title, which is already one of the most popular Steam titles.

What are your thoughts on game sales? Do you regularly buy from them and wait for titles to go on sale?

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Empire TV Tycoon review

Empire TV Tycoon

Ever thought of owning your own television network like Sky or ABC, well you can do exactly that in Empire TV Tycoon. Organise your TV schedule for each day, hire staff members to carry your network forward and create your own productions. I’ve always been a fan of tycoon games, but I’ve never played a TV network one before, so it was interesting to play something different.

You’re the person in charge, so all the executive decisions come from you. A key skill to Empire TV Tycoon is understanding your metrics. You want to place the top rated TV shows and movies in the highest viewing moments, which are shown on your TV schedule. If you want to generate revenue it all comes down to managing your advertisements during these busy periods. The more ads you place throughout the day, the more you’ll earn. So a combination of both good movies and TV shows, combined with advertisements will have you on the road to success.

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Why I love gaming fan art

By zhangc.
By zhangc.

I’ve always been creative, but never possessed the skills to do anything artistic in terms of drawing. Sure, I can design logos and the basic design work, but when it comes to doing something scratch like a concept piece, my skills lack. I’ve always admired gaming fan art and the artists that do these pieces, as they not only look fantastic but show a passion for a game franchise.

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The boredom of a gaming summer

Here we are, we’re well into summer and with it comes the unexpected hot and wet weather, the bbqs and sport to accompany you and your mates in the pub or at home. However, it appears gaming takes a dip in AAA title releases, as over summer the only praised title I’ve noticed down for release is Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

There is also the Summer of Arcade titles out there, but they’re never going to compete with the likes of a full retail title, which generally offers more gameplay time and a better storyline that’s thrilling to play. Then we hit September, the closing month of summer, where all the titles begin to release. I have 4 major titles on my list already: Dead Island, F1 2011, Gears of War 3 and FIFA 12. I’m not bothered about spending the money on these titles because they’re all great games and will provide hours of joy for any gamer. But sometimes I wish that titles such as F1 and FIFA would release during August just before the transfer market closes. For me, I feel robbed, simply because the season is well underway for both sports and I’m sat around at night or during a free moment of the day, looking for a game to play.

Yeah, I could visit FIFA 11 and F1 2010, but those titles are old now and become tiring with their repetitiveness. The teams remain the same, the races or matches you play usually end in the same result (you winning) and well, when you place that scenario during the summer, you’ve got nothing left to do.

Sometimes I wish developers and publishers would release more titles during July and August, and not just pile them into the autumn/winter bracket, just before Christmas. They will make more sales during this time, but if only just a few more titles were released during the summer like Saints Row: The Third, I can guarantee lots of people would buy a copy to fill up their evenings.

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